Our rescue depends on our amazing volunteers, and one of our most crucial volunteer needs is for foster homes. Every dog we take in has to have a place to stay. Foster homes meet that need, providing a soft landing place for homeless dogs, whether they come from shelters or from owners who can no longer care for them. Without enough foster homes, we have to turn away wonderful, deserving dogs just for lack of space. Every foster helps!
Foster homes provide a safe and loving environment for a dog to learn how to be a great addition to a new home. There they will work on socialization, basic manners, house training, leash walking, and other skills. Perhaps one of the most important jobs of a foster is to evaluate a dog’s basic personality so he can find a new home where he can shine. Many of our dogs are here just because they were a poor match for their original homes. There are, of course, some dogs that need remedial work—dogs who have to break bad habits. We do not ask fosters to take in a dog they feel is beyond their skills but, except in extreme circumstances, we ask that they commit until the dog’s ready to go to a forever home. Sometimes transforming such dogs is hard, but the satisfaction is enormous.
Clearly, fostering is a big job, but you will not have to do it alone. We have a rich network of people who have extensive experience in training, especially with border collies, and are always willing to offer support. If you need help in any step along the way, assistance is available. We also cover basic expenses, including all medical care.
If you’re interested in fostering, please fill out an application, and one of our volunteers will contact you to answer any further questions you may have and get you started.